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Health Literacy 101 training (Part-I)

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    Health Literacy is a term introduced in 1970’s and of increasing importance in public health and health care. It is concerned with the capacities of people to meet the complex demands of health in a modern society. Health literate means placing one’s own health and that of one’s family and community into context, understanding which factors are influencing it, and knowing how to address them. An individual with adequate level of health literacy can take responsibility for one’s own health as one’s family health and community. (Sørensen et al. BMC Public health 2012,12:80).


    Though Health Literacy (HL) has got an increasing importance, it is still at its early stage in Africa. To gain health literate people, African practitioners in the field of behavioural science, health education and health communication, medical practitioners, public health professionals and social workers should come together to contribute for own country as well as to Africa.


    The International Health Literacy Association (IHLA) serves a diverse range of stakeholders and partners in the field of Health Literacy. It also provides a platform to stimulate & disseminate health literacy research & best practices; provides HL continuing education & professional developments; and advocates for HL & raise awareness worldwide.  


    In addition to this, Tufts University is also providing Health Literacy Leadership Training. The training provides the knowledge, the tools and skills to identify health literacy as an organizational and systems problem that includes the skills of health care professionals and consumers. It also provides audience specific health literacy competences and the content to address those competencies.


    Please find an interesting article titled Health Literacy and Public Health: a systematic review and integration of definitions and models. Sørensen et al. BMC Public Health 2012, 12:80


    A training is planned on Health Literacy 101 training (Part-I) on August 31,2017 from 8:00 -9:30 am EST.

    Join by Computer (preferred):

    1. Go to download the Zoom plugin.

      2. Install the Zoom plugin on your computer.

      3. The link to join the meeting using your computer is:

      Join by Phone:


    If you want to join by phone a list of international numbers is available:  However, please be aware that Zoom does not support all countries. If you must join by phone and your country is not listed, please contact R.V. Rikard to determine if there are any other options.


    Meeting ID number: 306 619 335

    Technical support: R.V. Rikard or R.V.’s phone number on WhatsApp is +1 919-995-2721 HL and public health

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